CALL TO ACTION: Valuable Opportunity to Comment on TAYplan Project

Please take this opportunity to comment on this hugely significant plan for our area.

What is TAYplan?

Change is constant and so is planning. People’s lives don’t stand still. Our cities, towns and countryside don’t stand still either. Shops close on the High Street, factories are replaced by distribution depots, houses are built on fields. Some of these changes happen overnight; others are so gradual that you might not notice.

Managing change means making difficult decisions. Scotland’s population is growing. We need more jobs and homes. Where should they go? What extra facilities will people need like shops, parks and roads? What do we do with derelict land that is no longer needed for industry now that more of us work in the service industry? How can we help our town centres adapt to the reality of supermarkets and online shopping? How should our towns and cities respond to climate change? How should we plan for our energy needs?

For most land there will be a statement in a plan showing what that land should be used for in the future. What the plan says will affect our futures – where we live, work and play, how businesses and the public sector invest, and what our towns and countryside will look like in the future.

TAYplan provides broad-brush direction for the next 20 years about where new development and infrastructure should take place and how. The current Strategic Development Plan was approved in June 2012 and the Plan is constantly reviewed. The 4 Local Authorities in the TAYplan area have their own Local Development Plan which shows the detail of what development should take place for the next ten years and they must reflect the TAYplan strategy.

A proposed TAYplan has been published for comments by 3 July 2015 – visit www.tayplan-sdpa.gov.uk/tayplan2015 to make representations.

What is TAYplan’s Proposed Plan?

TAYplan has published a new Proposed Strategic Development Plan for a period for representations. This is TAYplan’s provisional view of what the final plan should say and look like. TAYplan focuses on new development which has more than a local impact. Largely covering 4 Council areas most of TAYplan’s focus is on big projects and development which have cross boundary impacts.  The 1st Strategic Development Plan was approved in 2012. This Proposed Plan continues much of what is in the 2012 Plan, with some key changes, in particular on green networks, energy and new homes.

Last year, TAYplan consulted on the Main Issues Report (MIR).  All of the responses to the MIR have informed the preparation of the Proposed Plan.

What is a Period for Representations?

A period for representations is when people and organisations have the opportunity to say whether or not they wish to see changes to the Proposed Strategic Development Plan. Representations received will be used to help TAYplan to decide whether or not to make modifications prior to submitting the Proposed Plan to Scottish Ministers.  The period for representations runs for 8 weeks from 11th May to 3rd July 2015. This is the final opportunity for people to have their say.

There is an online interactive questionnaire response from, through Objective.  This can be accessed through www.tayplan-sdpa.gov.uk/tayplan2015.  You can access the consultation documents here and login to respond.

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